I trained with actuaries Lane Clark & Peacock Actuaries LCP Actuaries where I worked from 1984 to 1994. I then joined the actuarial team at PricewaterhouseCoopers where I practised from 1994 to 2009, becoming a partner and Chief Actuary. My work has largely related to company pension plans and I led the pensions investment consulting business for some years. I have served as an actuarial expert witness on a range of legal disputes from calculations of compensation for injury or loss of office through to settlement of disputes following company mergers or acquisitions. I continue to take instructions for expert reports privately today.
I have been a member of the Council of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries on a number of occasions since 1992 and amongst other roles have chaired the Pensions Board, the Resource and Environnment Panel and the Communications Board. I have been chairman of the Editorial Panel for The Actuary The Actuary magazine since 1990 when I established the magazine on behalf of the Staple Inn Actuarial Society as its first editor. I am also a member of the Editorial Board for the European Actuary European Actuary I served as a member of the advisory panel to Sir Derek Morris for his review into the workings of the actuarial profession in 2005.
Today I do some work on overseas pension plan design in developing countries in association with Callund Consulting Callund and take instructions as an expert in pensions and similar legal cases.
I am a qualified City of London Guide taking tours around the Square Mile which is the City, London's financial district. Quite the best way of getting to know a new town is to take a walking tour, which is the way I like to learn to know new places I visit myself. I take occasional tours for booked groups (donations going to a charity of their choice), mainly in the summer when it is likely (but by no means certain) to be fine and the long evenings allow for greater leisure for after work tours. Less frequently I take trips in Clerkenwell and Islington, where I am also qualified to lead tours.
I am a hobby beekeeper and have kept bees on and off since 1975. My main involvement in the beekeeping community is through my membership of one of London's livery companies, the medieval guilds which continue in London more than anywhere else in the world. Mine is the Wax Chandlers' Company, given ordinances in 1371 and given its first charter by Richard III in 1484. I was Master of the Company in 2016-17 and I serve on the Charity Committee, which distributes grants in Greater London, in Bexley and for wax and beekeeping purposes generally. I am a former Chairman of the Society of Young Freemen of the City of London.
I am also a trustee of the New Music Players, which exists to promote the performance of contemporary serious music and I serve on the Finance and Investment Committee of the Children's Society.
I am the compiler of The Tompkins Table of college rankings at Cambridge Table of college rankings at Cambridge.
I was born at St Helens in Lancashire, went to school in Liverpool and Rugby, and university at Cambridge and London. I have a first class degree in mathematics and a City and Guilds of London Bronze Medal in Bricklaying.
I served between 1998 and 2018 as a Councillor on South Cambridgeshire District Council and was responsible for the approval of the development of the new town of Northstowe being built to the north of Cambridge. I was elected to Cambridgeshire County Council in 2017.
I am a trustee of the New Music Players and a former treasurer (latterly finance director) of the Confraternity of St James. I am proud of my collections of books, music, tools and toys. I see no reason why I cannot be fitter in my fifties than I have ever been before! "Endurance has always meant more to me than speed," I say, with an eye on trekking and hiking long distances. I train with free weights, cycle everywhere, and when a pool is close enough I aim to swim 5km a day. I seek out saunas and enjoy giving and receiving massage.